Lockhart’s three-run homer in the ninth helped the third-seeded Cougars (37-23) advance to face North Carolina, the tournament’s No. 6 overall seed, on Saturday night after the second-seeded Boilermakers (37-20) face North Carolina A&T in an elimination game.
Houston scored the game’s final nine runs, all in the final five innings, and had 15 hits. Tyler Bielamowicz gave the Cougars a 2-1 lead with his run-scoring sacrifice fly in the fifth, and Davis hit two-run double an inning later.
Aaron Fletcher (7-3) went the distance, allowing four hits and no earned runs. Tanner Andrews (7-5) gave up four runs on seven hits in five innings for Purdue.
Harry Shipley drove in Purdue’s run with an infield hit in the third.
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